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National Digital Twin programme to 2022

The National Digital Twin programme is an enabler of something important and long-lasting – an information value chain that delivers better social, economic and environmental outcomes in the UK.

Mark Enzer
Former Head of the National Digital Twin programme
and Chief Technical Officer at Mott MacDonald

Benefits of the National Digital Twin


Transparent stakeholder engagement. Better outcomes for the ultimate customers – the public – taxpayers/bill payers/fare payers/voters. Improved customer satisfaction and experience through higher-performing infrastructure and the services it provides.


Increased national productivity from higher-performing and resilient infrastructure operating as a system. Improved measurement of outcomes. Better outcomes per whole-life pound. Enhanced information security and thereby personnel, physical and cyber security.


New markets, new services, new business models, new entrants. Improved business efficiency from higher-performing infrastructure. Optimised delivery efficiency, benefiting the whole value chain – investors, owners, asset managers, contractors, consultants, suppliers. Reduced uncertainty and better risk management.


Less disruption and waste. More reuse and greater resource efficiency – a key enabler of the circular economy in the built environment. Key to addressing global environmental concerns such as NetZero. Impossible to solve in silos – only through an interconnected approach can progress happen.

Programme components

To make the vision of the NDT a reality, we need to have the right components and practices in place. Having accomplished a lot of the groundwork, the programme focused on developing three areas:

The Digital Twin Hub

A web-enabled collaborative community for early adopters or future users of digital twins from across the spectrum of industry, academia and policy.

Go to the DT Hub community

An Information Management Framework

To establish a common language by which digital twins can communicate securely and effectively, covering everything from information governance to standards and security.

Go to the IMF

The National Digital Twin Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo)

A project to examine the impact of extreme weather on energy, water and telecoms networks, and how a collaborative, data-sharing approach can improve their resilience to climate change.

Go to CReDo

NDTp progress towards a National Digital Twin


Gemini Principles

A paper setting out the proposed principles to guide the National Digital Twin and the Information Management Framework.


DFTG roadmap

A prioritised plan for five core streams responsible for the delivery of the Information Management Framework.


Digital Twin Hub

A web-enabled community for early adopters of digital twins to learn through sharing and progress by doing


Flourishing Systems

A paper advocating a shift in vision for infrastructure that is people-focused and system-based


Pathway towards an IMF

A technical paper and a summary paper on the proposed technical core for the Information Management Framework


Gemini Programme

This programme developed resources for the DT Hub community and expanded the outreach of the Information Management Framework and of the NDTp itself.


Skills and Competency Framework

A paper outlining the skills and competencies needed across a range of relevant roles to achieve a National Digital Twin.


Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo)

A specific example of connected digital twins across water, power and communications infrastructure – connecting data to create unified map to highlight areas of interest, working towards flood impact modelling.


DT Hub Community Council

The launch of an advisory council, giving a voice to the DT Hub community in its journey towards an ecosystem of connected digital twins.


Gemini Papers

These published papers establish a vision for the future, showcasing the vital role that connected digital twins play in improving social, economic, and environmental outcomes, to create a better quality of life for all.

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